Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:27 UTC
Features, Office Over the weekend, Oracle basically announced its defeat in the competition with the community-created fork of OpenOffice, LibreOffice. Oracle will cease all commercial development of OpenOffice, and will turn it into a purely community-based project.
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lydgate
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2006-12-30

Agreed, Office suites are annoying, I gave them up about five years ago (and yes, I do work in an office, I just use antiword or xl2html to view other people's documents, except in extreme cases when I use a Windows VM).

I used MS Office for maybe 5 or 6 years, then Open Office for a few, then switched totally to text for myself and LaTeX if I needed to send a document out. I wrote humanities papers, a thesis, and a dissertation in LaTeX and they came out looking better than anything I'd ever produced in any office suite. My CV is also in LaTeX and looks great. May not be for everyone but there are alternatives, it's not only OO vs MS.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

It's still very popular in the publishing industry due to providing the best document rendering from what I hear.

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talaf Member since:
2008-11-19

Latex is fine but you can't expect the general public to adopt that, the learning curve is just too high. I love it, I use it for almost everything I do except things that require heave page composition since it falls quite outside latex job description. Hell, since I found out about TikZ I hardly launch up Visio anymore, and most of my presentations are done in latex too ;)

I'm a scientist and everyone I know (almost) is using latex, and people that stick to word see the light very quickly because word's math rendering and workflow is still light years behind latex. When you get the hang of it, writing equations in latex is very fast, and you can copy/change your equations easily. Referencing is easy too. But it's really targeted at specific needs, namely scientific articles and book production, not the general population. I wouldn't even recommend doing something that doesn't require maths or referencing in latex, because the latest versions of Word are fine.

In the end, if you leave out the philosophical choices aside, Word is still better than OOo for me. I don't like using Word or Powerpoint, but each time I use OOo I get frustrated very fast for many reasons. It's a good thing that I hardly ever need something other than latex.

Edited 2011-04-20 07:06 UTC

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